Self-tracking and persuasive ecoaching in healthy lifestyle interventions: work-in-progress scoping review of key components

Aniek Lentferink, Hilbrand Oldenhuis, Olga Kulyk, Martijn de Groot, Louis Polstra, Hugo Velthuijsen, Hermie Hermens, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen

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The combination of self-tracking and persuasive eCoaching in healthy lifestyle interventions is a promising approach. The objective of this study is to map the key components of existing healthy lifestyle interventions combining self-tracking and persuasive eCoaching using the scoping review methodology in accordance with the York methodological framework by Arksey and O’Malley. Seven studies were included in this preliminary scoping review. Components related to persuasive eCoaching applied only in effective interventions were reduction of complex behavior into small steps, providing positive motivational feedback by praise and providing reliable information to show expertise. Concerning self-tracking, it did not seem to matter if more action was required by the participant to obtain personal data. The first results of this study indicate the necessity to identify the needs and problems of the specific target group of the interventions, due to differences found between various groups of users. In addition to objective data on lifestyle and health behavior, other factors need to be taken into account, such as the context of use, daily experiences, and feelings of the users.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Event4th International Workshop on Behavior Change Support Systems: Epic for Change, the Pillars for Persuasive Technology for Smart Societies - Center for HCI, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 5 Apr 2016 → …


Workshop4th International Workshop on Behavior Change Support Systems
Abbreviated titleBCSS 2016
Period5/04/16 → …
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  • persuasive ecoaching
  • persuasive technology
  • self-tracking devices
  • healthy lifestyle intervention
  • scoping review


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